The above statement is often said once a person commits suicide, whispered upon groups with everyone having an opinion on what they would or should have done. But how are we supposed to read minds or help someone if they do not let us know they are struggling in life? How are we supposed to help someone that doesn’t want to be helped?
I have struggled with these two questions for years because while one may give warning signs they are ready to end their life; most people do not take the words of a person seriously. Did you know that among about thirty-nine countries around the world America has the 9th highest suicidal rate? In 2016, the suicide rate was 13.5 per 100,000 standard population, calculating to about 45,000 people in 2016 alone. When researching this information, I was in disbelief, surely Americans love their life and the great country they live in. As I continued to dig into this issue, I found that the suicide rates in America is indeed increasing and has been since the beginning of the 21st century.
Today, there are many forces put in place that make it difficult for a person to talk about the problems they may have. Either because a person may feel they will not be accepted, no one can possibly understand what that person is going through or a person may feel they are not able to trust anyone with the problems that arise in their lives. As Americans, we are taught to be strong willed and powerful and while some are extremely strong minded, there are some people that may need uplifting in their life. Many people may not understand what goes through the mind of a person that tries or commits suicide. Not everyone has the mindset as the next person and this makes it difficult for people to communicate about such a sensitive topic.
I am going to digress for a moment…
So many news and media outlets want us, the American people, to just believe guns are the issue, when in fact guns are not the main issue. Get rid of guns, get rid of suicide, I do not agree. It is astonishing that I had to search through countless websites to find actual reasons, other than guns, as to why suicide rates are rising in America.
It is possible that having less access to guns can reduce suicide rates, but I think we can all agree that guns are not the main way to prevent suicide. Blaming suicide on a tool is just putting a sensor on the real reason for suicide, real reasons include depression, isolation, loneliness and wickedness. Now, some may think suicide cannot be led by evil spirits, but I am not one.
Many people do not have access to proper medical care. Many people that suffer from depression and ill minded thoughts, may not be able to go see a therapist because their prices are astronomical or they may not have access to one. So that leaves us, you and I, to help each other. We must be able to lean on one another during times of hardship and depression. People in your society should know they have at least one person they can talk to, that will not judge them and will not make them feel stupid or less than because they are having weak moments in their life.
Can we love more while a person is here on Earth verses waiting until they are dead and gone? The ultimate goal for this blog is to bring awareness about suicide and depression; if just one person would read this and go check on their sad friend and their happy friend. That very action could save a life.
Peace & Love To All!!
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